This one's been bugging me for a long time, and certainly the past couple of weeks with the Texas Winter Catastrophuck of 2021. There's a line about some government funding that would help the corporations during the Iraq War from Fahrenheit 9/11. One of the attendees at a conference said, "It's gonna be good for … Continue reading Q #159: When has something run by the American government been good for corporations AND the people at the same time?
I should have known that while I was trying to keep things cleaner in the house and fixing the holes that animals could exploit in my sandy foundation pad the past few days, I would find myself confronting an old creepy menace: mice. As usual, it started with wings flapping and my birds freaking out … Continue reading The annoying war against vermin has resumed…
Two words came to mind: Holy. Crap. I had this pop up on my YouTube feed. I've seen some snippets of David Pakman's show quite a bit lately, but this segment from today delves into what it means that so many millions voted for Donald Trump in this election, even more than did in 2016 … Continue reading “The Country is Screwed Whether Trump Wins or Loses.” This video chilled me… & we’re still awaiting results.
My Copy: 9780553582024 (image from bn.com) Well, this one seemed to have too much and too little in its pages, all at the same time. Many characters are missing, which is disappointing because I kept going further and further, wanting to know what happened to X, or Y, or Z. This is a book for … Continue reading A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice & Fire #4), by George R. R. Martin
My Copy: 9780062080233 (image from goodreads.com) I've never read Neil Gaiman before, and I sure picked a doorstop as my first of the several on my shelves. But I'm keeping this one for sure. I know I liked it, but I'm not terribly sure why. I just know I'm willing to go along for the … Continue reading American Gods (author’s preferred text), by Neil Gaiman
I gotta admit, maybe this was the perfect breaking-point (by accident) in the anthology. I got to resume my reading plans with Shakespeare with this interesting work, Trolius and Cressida. I like how when I took another look online at what the story was about, to see if I got the gist of it or … Continue reading “Trolius and Cressida,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare
My Copy: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez
I have to say, maybe the story's so well known that it makes this play easier to understand than I thought it would be. Now I'm wondering why we never read the complete play when I was in school, though every 10th grader had to deal with it. Guess the teachers thought the parts after … Continue reading “Julius Caesar,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I think there's not much to say about this play that hasn't already been said by ardent fans of Shakespeare. I did find it surprising that Henry himself (sorry, "King Harry" in the casting) didn't have as large a part as I imagined he would have in his own play. Then again, that seems par … Continue reading “The Life of Henry the Fifth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I'd love to know what it is about Shakespeare and his unique ability to make kings into secondary characters in their own stories. Well, perhaps it's because he was too busy thinking up Henry V that he had to throw some of it in here first, lest he lose all his ideas. I just find … Continue reading “The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare